Thursday, December 29, 2011

ABTA Reports Luxury and budget Holidays to Tread Big In 2012

ABTA’s travel trend report 2012 reveals positive signs for travel industry despite the economic slowdown; Britons will go for ‘value for money’ holidays over cheap flight and hotels; Luxury and budget holidays will sell more than mid market holidays.

The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) released its Travel Trends Report 2012 on Tuesday 27th 2011. This report, developed in collaboration with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, predicts that the luxury and all-inclusive breaks would have an edge over the mid-market holidays in 2012.

Authentic and specialist holidays

Desirous of getting value for money, tourists will seek new experiences, which might fuel the demand for holidays to destinations with strong and authentic sense of location, in everything from food to setting and excursions to entertainment.

Specialist holidays like cruising, adventure, exploration, spiritual breaks, learning and activity holiday or wedding/honeymoon package are also expected to perform well in 2012.

Oppressed with economic uncertainty, one in five couples currently marries overseas and spends as less as £6500 as compared to £20000 in the UK. The report hinted an increase in the number of overseas weddings in the coming year.

Hot destinations

The figures for early booking of airline tickets for summer 2012 depict the impact of economic downturn with travellers playing safe by booking airline tickets were for tried-and-tested destinations. Hence, short and mid haul destinations like France, Greece, Italy and Spain are likely to be popular tourist haunts in 2012.

The figures also indicated that flights to USA are in demand for summer 2012. USA has been one of the top family friendly destinations for Britons and ranked number 3 in ABTA’s 2011 Consumer Trends Survey in October. This trend is likely to continue with many Britons expected to book flights to USA in 2012 too.

The figures hinted that the destinations like Tunisia and the Red Sea Resorts (Sharm El Sheikh) lingered a bit in the booking activity for summer 2012. However, with travel companies attempting to lure tourists with cheap package deals including flight and hotel, the demand for these destinations is likely to increase.

The report further revealed that destinations like Poland and Ukraine, Jordan, Colombia and Cape Verde and Iceland will be among most frequented tourists’ spots in 2012.

Budget and luxury travel

The report indicated that the luxury and budget holiday markets are expected to perform strongly in 2012. Budget tourists are likely to seek all inclusive packages including cheap flights and accommodations while the high end luxury travellers are likely to head to far less touristed destinations including Antarctica.

Age group trends

10% of people over the age of 55 seemed least willing to sacrifice their holidays because of economic downturn and took approximately more than four foreign holidays in 2011. The report indicated a continuance of the same trend into 2012.

Online Vs High Street Bookings

The report suggests an increase in the presence of several major travel companies on the high street in 2012. An encouraging 25% increase in the number of travellers booking their air tickets and foreign holidays on the high street was witnessed in 2011 as compared to 17% in the year 2010, regardless of the reduction in overall shop numbers.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Kenya Airways Plans to Expand its Flight Networks

According to the chief executive officer of Kenya Airways, after getting the delivery of its 787 Dreamliner and Boeing 777s, the airline will expand its flight network and will cover destinations in the Middle East and Asia.

Kenya Airways has placed an order of nine aircrafts with an option of taking four more in order to flourish its fleet and network. In the coming years, the airline is also expecting a high growth in passengers, cargo demand and network extension and thus has planned to gain more 787 Dreamliners

With a capacity to carry 210-250 passengers, the 787-8 Dreamliner, will substitute the old 767 aircraft and will open up new long-range routes. This strategy will perhaps be very fruitful for the travellers planning air travel and booking flights to Nairobi and other destinations for their holiday or business trip.

Kenya Airways, the flag carrier and largest airline of Kenya serves five domestic and 16 international destinations. This Jomo Kenyatta International Airport based airline is probably the first airline that pops in mind while booking tickets for flights to Nairobi.

Last month, Kenya Airways declared its half-year resort that states that the passengers flying from Middle East have risen up to 24 per cent and the turnover reached Dh2.23 billion over last year’s Dh1.67 billion. With the addition of three new destinations — Jeddah, N’Djamena and Ouagadougou in Africa — the airline has earned loads of profit and has lifted its status in the tour travel world.

The Trade Minister Chirau Ali Mwakwere believes that there is a lot of trade between Africa and the Middle East and a lot of horticulture and agriculture movement from Kenya to the Middle East.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

British Airways’ Owner Takes BMI under Wing

Christmas revelry for British Airways and bitter holidays for Virgin Atlantic! Well, that’s what seems to have been the consequence of International Airlines Group (IAG) outbidding Virgin Atlantic to acquire BMI from Lufthansa.

IAG, British Airways’ owner, made a successful bid of 172.5 million-pound ($271 million) to bring the loss-making venture under its wings. BMI is Heathrow airport's second largest airline and the acquisition of BMI will consolidate BA’s position as Heathrow’s most potent carrier, with its share rising from about 44% to 53%.

BMI also runs BMI regional and BMIBaby, a budget airline known to offer cheap flight tickets. IAG has emphasised it is only interested in BMI’s mainline business and also has warned Lufthansa to face “significant price reduction” if the German carrier is unable to find buyers for both units.

British Airways is one of Europe’s leading airlines and is known to offer connections to many destinations. With the acquisition of BMI, IAG will now look to exploit some of slots by offering more flights to Asia – Flights to Malaysia and Korea appear to be quite a possibility, apart from Indonesia and Vietnam. BA has never served South Korea’s Incheon airport and it stopped its flights to Malaysia in 2001 for more focus on Bangkok and Singapore.

Virgin Atlantic’s Sir Richard Branson, however, is not buying IAG’s plans of new Asian markets from Heathrow and calls them “smoke-screen.” He also hinted at the prospect of air tickets prices going up and cheap flights becoming rarity in case BA has monopoly on London Heathrow.

IAG has rubbished the claims.

Best 4 accommodations near Christchurch airport

It is easy to find a good accommodation in Christchurch, but the hard part is to choose one out of all. The city brims with endless range of hotels, especially near the airport. Many opt for them as hotels near airport ensure a hassle free journey.

What do you expect after a long tiring air travel? Well, for many it definitely is a good and comfortable accommodation option not far from the place your flight landed at. Considering this fact in mind, travellers planning holidays to Christchurch or the ones who have a stopover in the city can be termed as “lucky” as the city hosts many impressive accommodation options near the main airport - Christchurch International.

Travellers booking tickets on flights to Christchurch need not to fret about accommodation as a wide range of accommodation options are available right near to the city’s airport. Christchurch airport accommodations are not only popular among stopover air travellers but also regular holiday makers.

Copthorne Hotel Commodore

While counting the most lavish and swanky Christchurch airport accommodation options, the name of Copthorne Hotel Commodore always top the list. The hotel is situated within a mile from the Christchurch Airport and greets millions of travellers booking flights to Christchurch each year. Some of the key features of the Copthorne Hotel Commodore:
  • Well-furnished guest rooms
  • Room service (24 hours)
  • Currency exchange
  • Conference room(s)
  • Bar/lounge
  • Meeting rooms (small groups)
  • Wedding services
  • In-house restaurant
  • Garden
  • Gym
Huntley Lodge

Located a little over 3 miles from Christchurch Airport, Huntley Lodge is known for its lavish ambience and striking facilities that floor every traveller booking cheap flights to Christchurch. Listed among some of the best accommodation in Christchurch, Huntley Lodge offers outstanding services and world-class facilities like:
  • 12 guestrooms
  • Bar/lounge
  • Restaurant(s) in hotel
  • Business services
  • Event catering
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Swimming pool - outdoor seasonal heated
  • Technology support staff
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Casino shuttle (complimentary)
Peppers Clearwater Resort

Stretched across more than 450 acres and located just 4 miles away from Christchurch Airport, Peppers Clearwater Resort is a fantastic lifestyle resort that offers amazing services and incredible facilities to stopover travellers as well as holiday makers in the city. The glittering lakes and sparkling waterways flowing along the hotel make it a complete dreamland to weave some blissful memories with your partner. Here are the key facilities at the Peppers Clearwater Resort:
  • 75 guestrooms
  • Barbecue Grill(s)
  • Parking (secure)
  • Conference room(s)
  • Golf course on site
  • Currency exchange
  • Room service (24 hours)
  • Ballroom(s)
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Number of meeting and conference rooms 5
Chardonnay Motor Lodge

Chardonnay Motor Lodge is another prominent accommodation option in Christchurch located at a distance of nearly 4 miles from the Christchurch Airport. The hotel is popular among those with a stopover in Christchurch as the hotel’s location embodies the natural beauty of the city. The most fascinating features of the Chardonnay Motor Lodge that entice the soul of the travellers into booking cheap flights to Christchurch and making a room reservation here are:
  • 14 guestrooms
  • Free guest parking only during stay
  • Airport transportation
  • Barbecue grill(s)
  • Garden
  • Casino shuttle (complimentary)
  • Internet access in public areas - high speed
  • Laundry facilities
  • Accessible path of travel
  • In-room accessibility
  • Picnic area

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Tips for Women Traveling in India from UK

Awareness of essential tips is absolutely must for every women traveller hopping flights to India. Read on and get the notion of some of the effective tips that decidedly help female travellers to safely enjoy Indian holidays.

Women travellers to India face infinite problems while roaming around the country. Some get annoyed with eve teasing, few are troubled by stalkers and others are put off by frequent molestations. It is absolutely must for female travellers to be cognizant of some handy tips that debar unwanted situations and doubles up the joy of the trip.

Go for Cultural Clothing

Dressing is something that attracts much of the attention. Wearing short-skirts or tight clothes is a major source that attracts lots of eyes. Proper dressing is absolutely must for every woman traveller hopping on cheap flights to India. Wear long tunics, loose pants, trousers or traditional clothing like salwar kameez, especially when you are wandering around villages, bazaars and markets. In addition to this, go for synthetic apparels that wick away sweat and suit the Indian climate.

Stay away from Strangers

Try to stay away from strangers and avoid mingling with them. Shun being frank with men you meet in trains or buses, as it may lead to unexpected sexual advances. Avoid making conversations with unknown men and if someone does, then try to keep it minimal and never share any personal information with them. Although female travellers grabbing cheap flights to India can befriend women, yet cautiousness about one’s motive is must.

Ask For Directions

Always ask for directions at the time of vagueness. It is better to confirm the directions and places before heading to any unknown area. Women travellers booking flights to India can hire a reliable tourist guide for getting the assistance. Besides, they can also take guidance from hotel staff or buy an effective travel guide to get acquainted with different regions.

Be confident

Always exude confidence while walking down the street. Act as if you know the place and are clear about the destination. Try to keep your head high and voice firm while talking with strangers and never let the jittery feeling appear on your face. Being confident makes you appear surefooted and help in warding off severe dangers and undesirable situations.

Keep an Eye on Your Belongings

Pickpockets and thefts are not unheard of in the country. It is must for every holidaymaker bagging airline tickets on flights to India to keep an eye on their belongings. Never trust any stranger for your luggage and avoid carrying valuables like cash or gold jewellery. Avoid accessing your money belt in public places and flaunting your jewellery in front of others.

Safety and Security

Safety and security are key ingredients for happy holidays. Always stay alert and mindful of the people around you. Avoid going to isolated places and never travel alone. Refrain from taking a cab or auto with more than one man. Avoid hitching at all cost and do not accept invitations from strangers.

Travel Light

Trains and buses are the common modes of travel within India and with heavy bags it will be very difficult for you to travel comfortably and quickly. Avoid carrying more than two bags at a time and go for roll-aboard bag that can be easily converted into a backpack.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Etihad Airways bolsters its Stake in Air Berlin

Etihad Airways has become the largest stakeholder in Germany’s second largest airline, Air Berlin.

As per the deal that was signed by the two airlines on Monday, Abu Dhabi Airport based Etihad Airways will furnish $255 million for the fleet improvement and network growth at Air Berlin and in return will acquire two seats on the board of directors of Air Berlin.

The deal also covers a code share agreement that grants Etihad Airways access to Air Berlin’s European short-distance network, and to the German capital of Berlin.

Air Berlin has decided to shift its Middle East operation from Dubai to Abu Dhabi and will operate flights to Abu Dhabi from Berlin four times a week. According to the agreement, from January 15, 2012 the German carrier Air Berlin will operate four A330-200 flights to Abu Dhabi per week. This service will grant the European travellers access to 29 flights per week between Abu Dhabi and four German hubs.

The agreement between the two airlines will perhaps be worthwhile for the budget-oriented European and Middle East travellers seeking cheap flight tickets to travel between two destinations. A further rise in flight frequency which is planned by mid April is sure to assist travellers in landing up with cheap flight tickets.

As per Air Berlin’s website “Etihad Guest and topbonus, the airlines’ frequent flyer programs, will be integrated, enabling passengers of both airlines to ‘earn and burn’ on each other’s flights and offering reciprocal benefits - including status earning - to top tier members”.

Etihad Airways has raised its stake in Air Berlin from 2.99 percent to 29.2 percent, followed by the ESAS, Pegasus Airlines’ parent company.


Odyssey Airlines’ Launch May Spell Trouble for British Airways

A soon to be launched British airline, Odyssey Airlines, is likely to emerge as a new rival to British Airways on an all-business class route to New York City. With its launch shrouded in mystery, the airline plans to offer non-stop all-business class flights from London city to New York initially. However, the airline is not expected to start operations before 2014 or 2015.

This mysterious airline for which no official information has come forth, is predicted to challenge British Airways which also operates twice daily all business class flights to New York. Online news reports indicate that Odyssey has plans to use Bombardier’s CSeries jets which are more advanced than the Airbus narrow body planes currently being used by BA.

The use of CSeries jet will eliminate the necessity of fuel stop for those taking flights to New York. BA’s A318 plying from London City airport to New York currently stop to refuel in Ireland because these can't carry enough gas to complete transatlantic travel in one go.

Focussed on the corporate travellers, Odyssey may not be a great choice for most leisure holiday makers who seek tickets on cheap flights. Even those leisure business class travellers who seek tickets on cheap business class flights are not likely to form a large customer base for Odyssey.

Additionally, this mysterious fledgling carrier is expected to tempt executive flyers off the business class travel companies such as NetJets.

However, in the past, numerous all-business airlines have foundered against the high costs such as Canada's Roots Air, U.S. based Maxjets and UK based Silverjet and Odyssey’s path may also be riddled with challenges.


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Kingfisher Airlines All Set to Join Oneworld Next Year

Finally, Kingfisher Airlines has some good news to share! Signals are all green for the airline to join oneworld, one of the world’s most prominent airline alliances.

Kingfisher Airlines will be called a member of the oneworld from Feb 10, 2012. And will become the first airline in the entire subcontinent to be part of any such international alliance. Germany’s airberlin and Malaysia Airlines will follow Kingfisher in joining the group next year.

Formed in 1999, oneworld is a consortium of several airlines, including the likes of American Airlines, British Airways and Cathay Pacific. With the inclusion of the India’s Kingfisher Airlines, oneworld will undoubtedly have better flight connections to India. The airline will be able to serve 800 cities in approximately 150 countries.

Currently, oneworld’s American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Japan Airlines, Qantas and Royal Jordanian offer flights to India with Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad being the five gateway options.

While the move is beneficial for both the parties, Kingfisher’s inclusion in oneworld is perhaps most advantageous to the travellers who seek cheap flight tickets to India. India is a top holiday destination as well as an emerging business hub and it comes as a no surprise that cheap flight tickets to the country are highly sought all over the world.

With Kingfisher joining the alliance, there will be better flight connections on offer, which might assist travellers in finding cheap tickets. Additionally, frequent flyers club members of the Kingfisher Airlines will be able to redeem their travel miles in other airlines of the alliance as well.

Essential Tips for Tourists Taking Flights to Nairobi

The thriving capital of Kenya, Nairobi has emerged as one of the most coveted travel destinations in Africa, such that airlines witness a virtual stampede for cheap tickets to Nairobi, every year.

Mulling over some essential travel tips before embarking those cheap flights to Nairobi can go a long way in ascertaining smooth holidays here.


Britons taking flights to Nairobi need a visa for entry into Kenya. The visas can be obtained from the Kenya High Commission in London, or on arrival at the airport.


British citizens contemplating flights to Nairobi need a valid passport. The passport must be valid for at least six months from the arrival date with two blank pages for entry and departure endorsements.

Health Safety
  • Ensure proper medication and vaccinations before boarding your cheap flights to Nairobi.
  • It is important to drink only bottled or boiled water in Nairobi.
  • Travellers taking flights to Nairobi should not buy food items from unlicensed vendors.
Safety and Security
  • Remain vigilant at all times.

  • Leave valuable items of fiscal value at hotel safe.
  • Hire reputed tour operators for safari trips.
  • Do not wear unneeded valuables or flaunt huge cash to avoid warrant of unwanted attention.
Local Laws
  • Homosexual relations are unlawful here.
  • Smoking is forbidden in public places.
  • The use and trafficking of illegal drugs is subject to heavy fines and severe imprisonments.
  • Spiflicating Kenyan currency is illegal and is subject to severe penalisations.
FCO’s Latest Kenya Travel Advice: Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has currently advised against all but essential travel to certain parts of Kenya, including parts of Nairobi. Travellers planning to travel to Kenya must consult the FCO website ( in order to check the updated travel advice for the country.

Monday, December 19, 2011

American Airlines to introduce tablet computers

Travellers taking flights to Thailand and other countries will now be able to pass the time on their trip by playing on a tablet computer.

The carrier has announced that it will now be offering Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 devices for premium class travellers on some of its flights.

It marks the first time an airline has offered a branded tablet on board its aircraft and will replace the current personal entertainment systems which have been installed on its planes.

Rob Friedman, American Airline's vice-president for marketing, said: "Today's news is the latest in a series of investments we've made in our focus on product and service enhancements for our premium customers."

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Qantas Ends Dispute With Aircraft Engineers

Qantas’ management will be spending their Christmas with considerably lighter heart! The airline has managed to pull off a truce deal with one of the three unions at the centre of the industrial clash.

Qantas Airways, Australia’s national airline, reached an agreement with the Australian Licenced Aircraft Engineers Association (ALAEA), putting an end to a bitter ongoing dispute. The agreement includes a 3 per cent annual wage hike for the next three years in return of the ALAEA agreeing to the new work practises.

ALAEA represents 1600 licensed aircraft maintenance engineers.

Qantas has had a very troubled 2011 so far with the airline involved in a massive industrial dispute with different labour unions. In October, the airline decided to halt its operation, suspending every flight to and from Australia. This was done to counter ongoing strikes. Thousands of passengers were left stranded at airports not only in Australia but all over the world as international flights to Australia were cancelled. It sure wasn’t a good PR exercise, no wonder the airline tried to make amends by offering cheap flight tickets and other perks to affected travellers!

Qantas has plans to launch two other carriers in Asia - one of them is scheduled to be a budget carrier that will offer cheap flight tickets for air travel and other is planned to be a full-service airline.

While the airline has been successful in reaching an agreement with one of the warring parties, it is unable to break ice with unions representing ground staff and long haul pilots. The dispute is likely to go to binding arbitration next year.

Tips and Ideas for travelling in India

Deeply steeped in history and draped in distinctive cultures - India surely offers something to everyone. However, tourists taking flights to India can double up their holiday fun by being mindful of certain India travel tips.

India is a magical nation that beholds a unique charm in every nook and cranny that takes over the sensory of the visitors. Forests teeming with wildlife, mesmerising temple towns, heart pounding adventure opportunities and unending list of other tourist trappings – this kaleidoscopic country offers ultimate scenic beauty to bewitch even the most jaded visitors. Unsurprisingly, millions seek to book cheap tickets on flights to India to immerse in the ultimate sensory rejuvenation.

However, it is imperative to heed certain points before taking those flights to India that will save you from situations of embarrassments and troublesome times.

Entry Do’s and Don’ts

Travellers taking flights to India should obtain a Visa before-hand. Tourists staying for more than 90 days need to register with the Foreigners Regional Registration Officer within 14 days of arrival in the country. Do not overstay the visas as it may attract severe fines with prosecution or detention and later deportation.

Health Safety Do’s and Don’ts

Do consult doctor for medical advice and proper vaccinations. Always seek comprehensive medical insurance before taking those cheap flights to India. Take proper care of water and food hygiene during India holidays. Drink only boiled or bottled water. Avoid consuming food items from roadside shops as they often get contaminated with dirt and insects.

General Safety Do’s and Don’ts

Beware of persistent touts who might offer help at airport, railway stations or bus terminals. Rather, take assistance from the tourist concierge desk for proper and correct advices. Avoid travelling alone in deserted places and during odd hours. Do safeguard your passport, credit cards and cash, particularly when travelling by bus and train.

Accommodation Do’s and Don’ts

One should make early bookings for hotels if contemplating trip to India for peace of mind. Backpackers, solo or single group travellers looking for cheap hotels after arrival should ensure that they book into hotels located in a safe area. There are number of areas in the close proximity of airport and the city centre which are preferred by travellers looking for cheap hotels. Always choose to stay in an accredited hotel. Contact the hotel reception in the event of any doubt. Don't hand over your luggage to any unknown individual except the hotel personnel.

Shopping Do’s and Don’ts

India is every shopper’s dream come true. No wonder, hordes of travellers taking cheap flights to India have shopping among top activities in the list of things to do. However, it is important to shop only at genuine shops and popular markets. In Indian cities, bargaining is a standard practice, and is enjoyed by all and sundry. However, it is sensible to not bargain at the fixed price stores and avoid touts and brokers. Additionally, ensure that the entire transaction is legal and transparent to claim later if dissatisfied.

Sightseeing Do’s and Don’ts

Carry proper guide or maps of the intended spots to be visited. Research well to know about the cultural and social sensitivities of the intended destinations. Dress codes for religious places can include covering your head and being barefoot, etc. Always seek the assistance of licensed guides for sightseeing tours. To ensure safety, do not take advice from taxi drivers regarding directions or tourist attractions. Photography may be prohibited at places like military sites, government buildings, airports etc; ensure it is not before you click some snaps.

General Do’s and Don’ts

Avoid overly acts of anger as India is a peace loving nation and violent people are treated with disdain. Avoid pointing fingers at anyone as it is taken as a sign of annoyance. Do not encourage beggars by tipping them. Avoid visiting places that encourage orthodoxy, social injustice and inhuman practices.

Red Roof Inn Undergoing Redesign Process

One of the largest budget hotel chains of US, Red Roof Inn has plans to go under renovation in the year 2012. As per the Internet sources, Red Roof Inn has set up a $90-million redesign project to upgrade almost each of its 350 hotels dotted all over the United States.

Every year thousands of travellers booking air travel tickets on cheap flights to Miami or to other major American cities end up staying at one or other property of the Red Roof Inn. It sure is a major hotel chain in the country.

Red Roof Inn has been gathering suggestion from guests on how it can improve the quality of stay in the hotels. And it has been reported that a majority of guests suggested the company to improve its physical infrastructure. So not surprisingly, the hotel chain has decided to implement the suggestion to provide the travellers booking cheap flights to Miami or Chicago or other cities with a comfortable and affordable stay.

As per the valuable comments of the guests, the hotel chain has decided to add at least four extra electronics outlets in every hotel room in order to power smart phones, e-readers and other electronic mobile devices. Another most requested modification that the guests asked for is to install flat screen TVs. Under its redesign process, the hotel chain has planned to put 32- and 37-inch flat-screen TVs in every hotel room by the end of the year 2012. The hotel chain is also replacing the carpeting with the latest wood-like flooring. Moreover, imparting better quality showerheads and more space for bathroom is also on the to-do list of Red Roof Inn.

Red Roof Inn is working hard to ensure that tourists who travel to America for their holiday trip get the best service.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Emirates Parties to Get Ready for Dublin’s January Take-Off ‎

Dubai’s flag carrier, Emirates spared no expense while organising a dinner in Dublin and it showed! One of the world’s largest carriers hosted a grand dinner earlier in this week to promote its daily new service to Dublin. The Dubai-Dublin flight service will take off from 9th January.

Emirates is undoubtedly one of the few names that come to mind when people think of booking flight tickets to Dubai or when people need a stopover at the city. Emirates may not be known for offering cheap tickets on its flights but the airline’s excellent service makes it worth for the customers.

Talking about the schedule of the airline’s new service, EK 0161 will take off from the Dubai airport at 0700hrs and land at the Dublin Airport at 1130hrs. EK 0162 will depart from Dublin at 1255hrs and land in Dubai at 0025hrs, the next day.

An A330-200 will be plied on the new route. With three-tier configuration there will enough options for those who look relatively cheap flight tickets with Emirates.

The service is going to be a big lure for travellers who wish to travel non-stop from Ireland to Dubai. Flyers will also be able to have an onward journey to the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australasia. For Ireland, Australia is one of the major markets and Emirates knows that! The airline offers as many as 70 weekly flights to Australia, including an A380 flight service to Australia’s city of Sydney.

Hosted at the Convention Centre Dublin, the dinner event saw a performance by Lionel Richie.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Etihad Airways announced to place order for Dreamliners and Boeing Freighters


On Monday, the Etihad Airways announced that it would place an order for 10 787-9 Dreamliners and two Boeing 777 Freighters. This deal of worth $2.8 billion approx has made the airline the world's biggest Dreamliner consumer.

Being two of the most fuel-efficient aircraft in the world, Boeing 787 Dreamliner and 777 have gained much popularity in the world of air travel. With the purchase of 10 787-9 Dreamliners and two Boeing 777 Freighters, Etihad Airways is hoping that this deal would speed up the company's growth as it has been flourishing quickly since the beginning of year 2003.

The flag airline of UAE, Etihad Airways is one of the fastest-growing airlines in the world. The airline operates flights to almost 70 destinations in nearly 50 countries. The airline may not be highly popular for selling tickets on cheap flights to UAE or other destinations yet stay on the top of the preference list of millions of travellers due to its premium facilities and services. Now, with airline’s decision to purchase 10 787-9 Dreamliners, which are 20 percent extra fuel efficient, the airline is expected to reduce its operating cost and pass on the benefit to travellers in the form of cheap tickets.

If not all airline routes, travellers booking on 787 routes to and from Abu Dhabi are likely to net cheap flights to UAE and save on holiday trips to tour the country.

Abu Dhabi Airport is the hub for Etihad and with cheaper tickets, the already sought after city will also become a preferred port of entry for those planning to travel to UAE.

The first commercial debut of the 787 Dreamliner was originally scheduled for 2008 but took place only this October. Due to such an extended hold-up in the production, many airlines have reportedly withdrawn their orders Boeing.

Emirates Airline Expands Venice Operations

Dubai’s Emirates is amplifying its operations to Venice! The carrier will start rolling out twice daily flights to the city from the 25th March next year.

The airline first started offering flights to Venice in 2007 and till date it remains the only airline that has a non-stop passenger service between Venice-Dubai. Venice is undoubtedly one of the biggest tourist destinations in Europe, enticing millions of holiday makers every year to look for cheap flight tickets. Venice is also a busy business hub that is renowned for its small and mid-size companies. No wonder, Emirates is offering yet another daily service to the Italian city!

The airline’s new flight to Venice, EK 137, will take off from the Dubai airport at 1545hrs and arrive at Venice Marco Polo Airport at 2000hrs. The return flight, EK 138, will take off from Venice at 2150hrs and will arrive at 0535hrs the next day.

267-seater Airbus 340-300 will be placed on the route by Emirates, with first class, business class and economy travel class options.

Emirates seems to have taken a fancy to Italy! This new double daily to Venice follows the airline’s decision to introduce A380 on one of its double daily flights to Rome. The introduction of the world’s largest airliner on the route would most probably transform into relatively cheap flight tickets for passengers on the route.

While we are on the subject of Emirates’ A380s, it is prudent to mention that the Middle East airline is all set to offer Internet connectivity onboard its A380s. Of course, it will command a price and is not to be included in the cost of air tickets.


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

3 Popular Indian Ocean Destinations

Unparallel natural wonders like white sandy beaches, lush forests, astounding coral reefs and vast fauna make Indian Ocean destinations, a true haven for holidaymakers. Take a look at some of the popular destinations of the region.


Tickets on flights to Mauritius sell like hot cakes! Thanks to its everlasting beauty of sun-soaked beaches, gleaming aura of enchanting islands and glory of soaring mountains. Countless Britons book flights to Mauritius to jollify at its spectacular beaches like Trou aux Biches and Mont Choisy and take delights in its sensational attractions including Black River Gorges National Park and Chamarel Coloured Earths.


The mesmerizing archipelago of 115 islands lures all sorts of travel buffs to book cheap flights to Seychelles. It is a place where natural splendour of pristine beaches caresses your senses and opulence of superlative hotels bewilders you to the hilt. Many book their seats on flights to Seychelles just to sample its three islands РMah̩, Praslin and La Digue Island that grace the land of the region.


Charming Maldivian beaches and other captivating attractions like the Grand Friday Mosque and the Esjehi Art Gallery entrance all and sundry. The island is like a heaven on earth and decidedly offers value for money spent on tickets on flights to Maldives. No wonder, how memories of ecstatic sun basking and fascinating ambience of the island remain etched in your mind. You will gloat over your decision of spending on flights to Maldives and reminiscence of the trip will bring smile on your face.

Immerse into the eternal glory of Indian Ocean destinations and make your holidays, a memorable episode of life!!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Delhi 'India's most competitive city'

Travellers taking flights to Delhi could be interested to know it is considered as the most competitive city in the country.

A study carried out by the Institute for Competitiveness named the city as the most competitive for the second year in a row.

The research takes into account matters such as the investment climate and governance matters in the cities around the country before drawing its conclusion.

"The growth and progress under some parameters is remarkable and if Delhi continues to keep the pace then it may become unbeatable in some time," the report stated.


Saturday, December 10, 2011

Best winter holiday Destinations in India

As compared to the frosty weather in European nations, India witnesses pleasant climate during winters. Apparently, hordes of tourists take flights to India during December and January to enjoy awesome holidays complemented by balmy Indian weather.

India truly is a land of wonders that offers a unique experience with multitudes of panoramic sights, diverse sounds and unique smells. The snow capped mountains, teeming forests, lip-smacking cuisines, revered hospitality and diverse cultures - India surely is no ordinary holiday destination.

Winters are, unquestionably, the best time to experience the true Indian delights. While scorching heat and downpour ruins the fun of holidays in summers and monsoons, winter beguiles with soothing and rain-free clime. Unsurprisingly, throngs of tourists take flights to India during winter months of December and January for a perfect vacation to rejuvenate mind, body, and soul. Read on to know about 5 best destinations to travel during your India holidays in winters.


A heavenly hill station located in Kerala, Munnar offers a perfect escapade from city’s hurly-burly. With picturesque mountains, leafy valleys, interminable sweep of tea and spice plantations and soothing climate, Munnar is one of the best Indian winter destinations to immerse in the pleasant climate and soak in the unceasing fun. Dotted with tea estates and lovely cottage villas, this quaint hill town remains incessantly covered with misty clouds. The cloud kissing mountain peaks here tempt adventurers to take cheap flights to India to partake in venturesome activities like paragliding and trekking expeditions.

Corbett National Park

Royal, statuesque and magnificent - Corbett National Park is one of the most sought after wildlife reserves in India. Known as tiger country, Corbett National park lures wildlife enthusiast with memorable adventure trips to explore the rich biodiversity and atypical flora and fauna of this national park that abounds tigers, elephants, hog deers and many other rare and exotic wildlife species. This amazing national park becomes hedonistically alive during winters teeming full with tourists.


With lush green hillsides, bubbling streams, cloud-kissing mountains and the majestic snow capped peaks - Manali offers the perfect winter holiday getaway. The beautiful hill town is one of the most important gateways to the snow caped mighty Himalayas. No wonder, the soaring peaks and leafy terrains of Manali tempt adventurers to take cheap flights to India to indulge in activities like skiing, hiking, mountaineering and river rafting. A walking tour to the Mall Road and the State Museum also remains on top of the wish list of those planning holidays here.


One of the oldest cities in the world, Delhi is an ethnical conundrum. This vibrant Indian capital offers a rare encounter of modernity fused with antiquity at every nook and cranny. Delhi is known for its vibrant and colourful cultures and the best way to experience the rich culture of the city during winters is through its colourful festivals and events celebrated in winters. Many tourists on a shoe string budget browse through websites to find budget hotels and cheap flights to India during winters to partake in the gala celebrations of Indian Republic day observed on 26th January. The amazing acts and exhibits performed by the different units of the armed forces during the Republic Day Parade offers a fair idea about the rich history and the culture of the country.


With numerous ancient monuments, architectural buildings, palaces, museums, gardens and temples – Jodhpur attracts a large number of tourists to book flights to India every year. This Blue City of Rajasthan is located in close proximity to Thar Desert, which massively lends a romantic aura to Jodhpur. The summers are generally scorching and extreme here. However, autumn through winter months are the most suitable time to visit this majestic city. The quaint antiquity morphed with the picture perfect setting of a vast desert coupled with the exquisite handicrafts, folk dances and folk music immensely add to the popularity of cheap tickets to Jodhpur.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Air India announces wedding gift vouchers

People on flights to India who are attending a wedding could find that a new range of vouchers from Air India could provide the prefect gifts.

The carrier has announced it is launching and innovate campaign which doubles up as a gift voucher which can be used during the current wedding season.

Its new offer has been termed the Shagun Vouchers and will be issued in five different price ranges, with each having a built-in discount.

Each has a face value which will be stated on the voucher and a sale value, that will represent the amount taken from the purchaser.


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Delhi Metro wins development award

People taking flights to Delhi could be happy to hear the transport they use on arriving in the city has been rewarded for its high standards.

The Delhi Metro has been named as the best clean development at the Urban Mobility Conference 2011.

The prize was given to director of the Metro Mangu Singh on behalf of the whole organisation by development minister Kamal Nath.

It was awarded after it received recognition for being the first rail-based system in the world to be certified by the United Nations, as the service has helped to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the whole city since it was introduced.


A Piece of Advice for Women Travellers to India

Bagged those cheap airline tickets for flights to India and looking forward to descend upon its shores?

Make sure to peruse some of the useful tips that might help you in getting the real value for money spent on flights to India.

Travel Light

Trains, buses and metros are the common sources of commutation in India. It is better to carry a light luggage for travelling via such modes. Every women traveller who grabs cheap flights to India must pack light and should stick to only two bags. Opt a handbag made of slash-proof material and strap or try to go for easily-convertible roll-aboard bag.

Stay in Touch with Your Family

Don’t forget to inform your family or friends about the hotel, you are staying in, and people travelling with you. Staying in touch with family is an inevitable thing for women travellers taking flights to India as it creates the sense of security among both.

Try to Stay away from Strangers

It’s good to be social especially while travelling but excess of mingling might leave you with a bunch of troubles. Be mindful of the motives of others and avoid sharing of personal information.

Choose a Safe Hotel

Reserving a reliable and safe hotel is a must-do thing after booking cheap flights to India. Opt for family hotels over low-cost hotels located at isolated places. Consider the rules and regulations and carefully check the rooms before check-in.

Dress Properly

India is a conservative country where westernised clothes are still unacceptable. Avoid being in limelight and wear sophisticated apparels like long tunics, loose pants or salwar kameez (an Indian ethnic outfit).

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Emirates Increases Paris Frequency; Initiates A380 to Rome

It has been eventful last few days for the Middle East’s regal carrier, Emirates! The airline announced that it will start offering five more additional flights to Paris by the end of year 2012, besides the already operational double-daily flights.

The airline said in a statement that the move taken by the carrier is in response to the massive passenger demand on the route. Emirates, considered one of the world’s finest airlines, will be offering four additional weekly flights to Paris from March 25. Another one will be added to the pack in October 2012, which will take the total frequency of the flights to Paris’s Charles de Gaulle Airport to 19 in a week!

Travel demand on the route must really be considerable to justify 19 flights in a week! Well, it is good news for travellers as it will enable them to lap up cheap flight tickets on the premier route as the availability of seats will be enormous.

Additional four flights that start operations in March will run on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, while the one initiating in October will ply on Tuesdays.

In another recent development, Emirates Airline has incorporated Rome in its ever expanding network of A380 connections. The double-decker will be plied on the Dubai-Rome route. The initiation of the world’s largest aircraft on the route will result in 250 extra seats each day, making it relatively easy for people to find cheap flight tickets.

A380 on Dubai-Rome route will feature 399 seats in Economy, 76 fully-flat, mini pods in Business Class and 14 First Class Private Suites.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Vital Information for Indians Visiting UK

India! The mere mention of the name sends people on a fantasy trip teeming with incredible forts, mythical majesty, vibrant colours and vivacious aura.

No wonder, a flood of people are found contemplating booking flights to India ever day. Cheap flights to India are particularly popular in European nations like the UK as it offers them a look at the other end of the spectrum. But what happens when guests become hosts? What happens when Indians are the one who are planning to visit the UK? Let us all agree on one fact that entering the UK is just not as simple as booking flights to India and landing up in India. Indians need to be extremely thorough with their travel and flight documents, visa matters and other immigration formalities.

While applying for visa, Indians must make sure that their intent of visit matches the kind of visa applied for. There are different sorts of visas – student, tourist, family visit, business and others. Indian passport holders must take care to apply under the appropriate category.

Transit travel is another important part of aviation. Thousands of Indian passengers must be opting for transit travel through the UK in hope of picking cheap flights to USA or Canada from India. Transit visa is required for such travel.

Custom rules and information must also be kept in mind while entering the UK. Certain goods and items are banned from entry in the UK. One must take care of them and under no condition try to carry them in.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Need to shell out more for air travel to India

National flag carrier, Air India has increased fuel surcharge by INR 200 ( little more than 2 GBP) on short haul domestic routes for distances below 1,400km and by INR 300 (little more than 3 GBP) on longer flights within the country in line with the latest rise in aviation turbine fuel (ATF) prices. Other airlines are also expected to follow the suit.

Many Indian states impose sales tax as high as 30% on air turbine fuel which causes the total operating cost of an airline to rise manifold. Apparently airlines have been demanding Indian government to reduce taxes on ATF.

With this upward spiralling of ATF, budget tourists taking flights to India for winter holidays in peak travel months like December and January would now need to shell out more on air travel within the country.

Tourists taking cheap flights to India for holiday trips to cities like Goa, Banglore, etc, might need to spend a bomb as the average range of fares for flying from Delhi might witness a tremendous hike in the coming days.

While tourists taking cheap flights to India for winter holidays will have to shell out more for air fares to further cities, the high demand of cheap tickets in the peak travel months of January and December might also lead to a hike in basic fares.

Furthermore, tourists flying out from Delhi Airport would need to pay INR 221 (little more than 2 GBP) as the airport charges.

Tourists taking flights to India during peak travel months should make early bookings to grab cheap tickets on domestic flights and avoid airfare hikes.

Further, during the festive season most domestic airlines usually witness a virtual stampede for cheap tickets that makes it even more essential for holidaymakers contemplating Indian tours to make early bookings.

Air India to buy 27 Boeing 787 Dreamliners

Air India, the flag carrier of India is planning to buy 27 Boeing 787 aircraft which it initially intended to purchase in the year 2006.

Air India, the fourth largest shareholder in India's domestic air travel market and one of the prominent airlines for netting international tickets for flights to India has been in the red from the past sometime now.

In the conference held on Tuesday, the board members of the cash-strapped airline have decided to opt for a sale-and-leaseback arrangement rather than making the outright purchase to handle the financial burden on the airline. Moreover, the board members also proposed that by the time the airline will get the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, it will possibly lease out its excess capacity of two Boeing 747-400 planes and some Boeing 777-200 long-range planes.

Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the world’s most fuel-efficient plane will perhaps trim the flight fares of Air India thus providing travellers with cheap flight to India. Other than fuel efficiency and the resulting cheap flight tickets, 787 also features amazing interiors to provide more relaxed medium and long-haul flights to and from India to the holiday seekers.

To manage its bottomline, Air India is also bearing in mind the proposal of replacing the full meals with a snack for onboard flights of less than 90 minutes and terminating the facility of hot meals on flights of less than one hour. The carrier also has future plans of leasing out some of its new and old planes to fix its undue debts of Rs 43,777 crore to some extent.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Virgin Australia - Singapore Airlines Alliance Clears Last Hurdle

Virgin Australia and Singapore Airlines get their Christmas gift from Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)! The regulatory body has given its all important nod to the airlines to form an alliance.

The alliance between these two major players will allow them to work together on issues like pricing, travel scheduling, marketing and sales on Australia-Singapore flights as well as international and domestic connections.

ACCC gave the final green signal to the alliance on Thursday, saying the deal between the two airlines is likely to increase competition for international air travellers. While this may not be very good news for Virgin Australia biggest rival, Qantas Airways, it sure is music to ears to those who wanted a bit of competition on the leg in hope of netting cheap flight tickets!

Virgin Australia’s CEO John Borghetti welcomed the approval. Mr Borghetti spoke about the benefits the travellers are set to enjoy with this alliance getting into motion. 70 additional destinations across Asia, India and Africa will added to the airline’s network as a result of a tie-up with Singapore Airlines.

Singapore Airlines’ one more initiative seems have an Australian connection. SIA’s long haul low-cost airline, Scoot announced that it is going to kick start its operations by offering flights to Sydney. The airline, launched last month, said it is going to offer daily flights to Sydney from Changi airport from mid 2012. This is yet another development that is going to please travellers looking for cheap flight tickets as the airline promised to offer 40 percent lower fare than full-service airlines at time of its launch.

Initially, Scoot will be operating its services with a fleet of four Boeing 777s.


Delhi Airport Beats Mumbai in Terms of Flight Traffic

The Indian capital Delhi has won its spurs with its international airport ‘IGI Airport’ emerging as a bigger Indian air travel hub leaving the Indian financial capital Mumbai behind. According to the latest reports, the Delhi Airport has superseded Mumbai Airport as the busiest in India.

The air travel traffic movement figures clearly show that Mumbai airport, which maintained the status of being the busiest airport since 2006-08 has now reached to a point of saturation because of the shortage of space and postponement in constructing a second airport.

Both Delhi and Mumbai have been the preferred choice of international travellers who book cheap flights to India for their holidays with numerous full service and cheap airlines serving them. However, the severe space crunch at Mumbai Airport and the resulting limited infrastructure is being seen as the major cause for it to lag behind in passenger traffic.

Another major reason for decline in passengers booking tickets for flights to India and landing at Mumbai airport is that the airport has cross-runways, which make simultaneous flight functioning unachievable. This obviously has restricted Mumbai airport’s flight handling capacity. Delhi’s parallel runways can handle simultaneous flights operation which means more flights to India landing and taking off from here.

The analysts believe that in the coming times, when Mumbai airport will reach the mark of 40-million-passenger traffic, it will be locked. The neighbouring Navi Mumbai airport is expected to get active by 2017 only and is Mumbai's only ray of hope to reclaim its lost status and traveller’s attention when they book cheap flights to India. Till that time Mumbai airport is a closed airport, as experts believe.

Kapil Kaul, CEO, sub-continent and West Asia says that the government will have to speed up the clearances for Navi Mumbai Airport or else evaluating Mumbai and Delhi will be like “comparing cheese and chalk”.